Could Rumi have imagined how nutritive such words would be halfway around the world, nearly a millennium away? (Probably, yes, he could.) These words, these concepts, this invitation runs deep and true. Right to the essential center of our silky souls, where not even the 24-hour news cycle, the never-ending to-do list, the iPhone, the fitbit, the juice cleanse, or the craziest of New Year’s resolution could touch it.
All cliches about starting a yoga studio blog post with a Rumi quote aside, I am here to extend my own invitation to at least stop and consider -- for however many moments you can spare -- this word: “gradualness.” I won’t waste the roughly eight seconds of attention I may have from you on the litany of ways in which we are currently accustomed to instant gratification, fast results, answers, and information.
Because I feel you.
It was about 8 months into my “new life” -- my transition from a corporate attorney in “big law” to a yoga teacher, writer, human, something… in what I called my “big life, big love.” I was on a retreat with one of my dear teachers, high in the mountains of New Mexico, sitting on the expansive, open porch, looking out on the even more expansive, open horizon beyond, lamenting about how I hadn’t “figured things out by now.”
My teacher told me -- the former overachiever who was still letting the A++++ tendencies seep out of her body -- “be patient.” Rumi’s patience was never one of my natural or apparent virtues. But here I am today, nearly two years after leaving the “big” job. I haven’t yet written the novel (or trashy lawyer romance, I can’t yet decide), or maintained a regular blogging “career,” or opened my own studio, or amassed a million Instagram followers (or dollars, for that matter). But today, reading and understanding words like “how one gives birth to oneself slowly” gives me more satisfaction than checking the box, getting the degree, or landing the job ever did.
I’m all for starting the new year intentionally. Hell, make as many resolutions as you’d like. But I’m in it for the slow unfold of this story.
Catherine teaches in the prana vinyasa style of yoga, shaping her yoga offerings like her writing, like her life ~ slow, gentle, gradual, and restorative.
You can find her at Flow Yoga Center for Gentle Flow on Wednesdays at 12:30pm, Yin Restorative on Thursdays at 5:15pm, Vinyasa Flow 1.5 on Fridays at 4:15pm, Gentle Flow on Saturdays at 10:45am, leading Yoga Fundamentals series on Saturdays at 12:30pm and at seasonal workshops & trainings.
Catherine also leads Flow’s corporate & private wellness programs and would love to help you bring wellness into your workplace & home. You can also join her on the road at workshops all over the globe or find her writing online at samandcatherine.com and tribequarterly.com.